The Lagos State Government has reiterated that a well-structured parking system is crucial to effective and efficient traffic management in line with the Smart City vision of the State.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Engr. Abdulhafiz Toriola stated this during his working visit to the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA), at GRA Ikeja, adding that the Ministry will synergise with the agency and other relevant agencies to improve traffic management and transportation across the State.

Toriola maintained that an effective parking system is one of the sustainable urban mobility principles to improve traffic, noting that the sight of a road full of vehicles trying to find a parking space worsens traffic flow by slowing down movement, hence the State Government’s commitment to a well-structured parking system.

The Permanent Secretary reiterated the need for an improved parking culture by residents and event centre operators among others, whose activities contribute to traffic congestion. He averred that Road Safety Audits and Traffic Studies often reveal that operators of event centres do not comply with the approved numbers of vehicles their facilities can accommodate, which is why they extend to the roads.

Earlier, the General Manager of LASPA, Mrs. Adebisi Adelabu, solicited the Ministry’s support in achieving its mandate, saying the Agency is working to integrate all the 57 Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the State into a unified Parking System.

She disclosed that the Agency’s statutory responsibility is to set up and operate a more efficient parking system, adding that the Agency is embarking on a sensitisation drive to enlighten and educate the public about its activities through various means of communication.

The LASPA’s General Manager further revealed that the vision of the State Government is to decongest Lagos roads by regulating all forms of parking, and register existing private and public parks into a well-designed and coordinated parking system.

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